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Fantastic Off-Court Entertainment and Special Events Throughout the Tournament

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Special Events

The BNP Paribas Open promises to offer the best on-court entertainment, with the best players in the world and the addition of the Hawkeye line challenge on all eight match courts, but off-court its sponsors will deliver fantastic entertainment as well with special events and attractions throughout the tournament. Sponsors of the BNP Paribas Open have dedicated substantial time to make sure that fans have a unique entertainment experience at the event.

Title sponsor BNP Paribas is focused on making a difference by being environmentally responsible through recycling tennis balls. They have teamed up with reBounces and FedEx Ground and in the months leading up to the tournament they set a goal of collecting 100,000 tennis balls to recycle with the help of tennis clubs in Southern California. To continue this effort, they will collect used tennis balls on-site during the two weekends of the tournament (March 12-13 and March 19-20). Fans that bring at least six used tennis balls will receive a free can of new tennis balls.

Emirates, who joined the tournament as a Premier sponsor in 2010, will return with one of the most visited spots on the grounds – the Emirates Fastest Serve cage. Fans can see how fast their serve is and win prizes including two round-trip Business Class tickets to Dubai. Another unique opportunity for fans to win a trip to Dubai is through the ‘Emirates Racquet Return,’ where fans can trade in unwanted tennis racquets at the Emirates Racquet Return on-site. On Saturday, March 12, Emirates Day, ‘Fly Emirates’ caps will be handed out at the gate, and if fans are spotted wearing the cap, they will have the opportunity to win a luxury vacation. To promote their luxury cabin service fans can purchase tickets to The Emirates Stadium Club, a luxury suite offering food, beverage and comfort to watch the matches, and box and suite patrons can enjoy the new Emirates Garden Club restaurant, an air-conditioned marquee in which Box Seat and Suite Patrons can sit down and enjoy daily lunch and dinner service.

Corona Extra, the best-selling Mexican beer in the world, has joined the tournament as a Premier sponsor and the Official Beer of the BNP Paribas Open. They will offer fans The Corona Plaza, a great gathering place with new food and beverage concessions, expanded seating and a video wall display showcasing three matches at once, and The Corona Beach House, a patio-style bar in the Garden Club Courtyard. In addition, Friday, March 11 will be Corona Day with special onsite promotions.

The BNP Paribas Open is sponsoring the National 9/11 Flag’s first trip to California and a stitching ceremony is scheduled for March 10 at the Gerald R. Ford Elementary school. The Flag will also be featured as part of the BNP Paribas Open’s annual Salute to Heroes ceremony scheduled for Friday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. on Stadium Court, and it will be on display on site in the Garden Club Courtyard Hospitality area between 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. that day.

In addition to these incredible opportunities the tournament will also host its Kids Day on Saturday, March 5. The day, which is open to the general public and includes free admission and parking, will feature a variety of activities geared for elementary and middle school kids including QuickStart Tennis, a beat the pros competition, games, face painting, a climbing wall, and more. ATP World Tour & WTA stars will put on an exhibition, and other players will be competing for spots in the tournament at the BNP Paribas Open Pre-Qualifier.

Several other exciting special events taking place during the BNP Paribas Open include Charity Night, where twenty percent of the session price will be donated to The Champions Volunteer Foundation which benefit numerous local charities;  and Desert Fashions by Fila, which will feature ATP World Tour and WTA pros showing off the latest in trendy fashion. A full schedule of special events at the BNP Paribas Open is listed below. A continuously updated listing can be found at www.bnpparibasopen.com.

BNP Paribas Open Pre-Qualifier – Wednesday, March 2 – Sunday, March 6 The BNP Paribas Open Pre-qualifier is designed to provide interested men and women tennis players the opportunity to earn a spot in the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event.  The entry fee is $50 and the draw size is 64 men and 64 women.  Champions will advance to the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event March 7-9.

BNP Paribas Open Kid’s Day – Presented by National Junior Tennis League - Saturday, March 5, 12:00pm-3:00pm  Come out to the Indian Wells Tennis Garden with your kids for a fun day of activities on and off the court.  This FREE event is open to the general public.  The KPLM van will play today’s hottest country music, talk to fans and give away prizes.  Bring your kids out for an exciting afternoon of activities including ATP World Tour and WTA player appearances.

WTA Main Draw – Monday, March 7 at 1:00pm Come assist Tournament Director, Steve Simon, WTA Supervisors and WTA players in making the 2011 BNP Paribas Open women’s main draw at the Tennis Garden Village Stage.  The first 32 fans in line receive a complimentary can of BNP Paribas Open Penn tennis balls.  Free Admission at the gates to watch the WTA Qualifying Rounds.

ATP World Tour Main Draw – Tuesday, March 8 at 1:00pm Come assist Tournament Director, Steve Simon, ATP World Tour Supervisors and ATP World Tour professional players in making the 2011 BNP Paribas Open men’s main draw at the Tennis Garden Village Stage. The first 32 fans in line receive a complimentary can of BNP Paribas Open Penn tennis balls.  Free Admission at the gates to watch the WTA and ATP Qualifying Rounds.

Stadium Promotions – Join the fun! March 9-20!  Throughout the tournament on the main stadium court, sponsors will engage fans to catch player autograph Penn/Tennis Warehouse tennis balls; participate in text message promotions to win special offers from Bulova, Emirates and more.  Pucker up for the City of Indian Wells Kiss Cam and much more.  See your personal message on the main stadium video wall, choose questions for the players to answer during post match interviews and more!

Emirates Fastest Serve Challenge – Wednesday, March 9 – Sunday, March 20  See how fast your serve is at the Emirates inflatable Fastest Serve Cage, located on the East Plaza next to the Emirates Racquet Return.  You could have the chance to win two roundtrip Business Class tickets from Los Angeles to Dubai, enter March 10-March 20.

Emirates Racquet Return – Thursday, March 10 - Sunday, March 20  Have an old tennis racquet or one you no longer use? Donate it at the Emirates booth during the tournament for a chance to win two roundtrip Business Class tickets from Los Angeles to Dubai enter March 10 – March 20.  Collection bins will be located next to the Emirates Fastest Serve Cage for the duration of the tournament.  All racquets will be donated to the National Junior Tennis League.

City of Indian Wells Residents Day – Thursday, March 10 Residents of Indian Wells receive complimentary tickets to a full-day of matches.  For more information or to obtain tickets please visit the City of Indian Wells’ City Hall.

Charity Night – Thursday, March 10  Help benefit many local charities by purchasing evening session tickets and twenty percent of the price will be donated to The Champions Volunteer Foundation.  A special ticket price of $10 is being offered this night only so everyone can afford to come.  Bring your family, bring the club members or your club’s tennis leagues and have fun while supporting local charities.

Bryan Bros. Band perform on the Village Stage – Thursday, March 10, 5:30pm -7:00pm   #1 doubles team in the world, Mike and Bob Bryan, take the stage as the Bryan Bros Band featuring David Baron will be performing with special guests Jim Bogios, drummer and David Vickrey, guitarist from the Counting Crows.

Bulova  presents  lively “Tennis Talk” with Bud Collins and Special Guests - Friday, March 11 - Friday, March 18 at 12:30pm  Tennis Garden Village Stage – Join Bud and his guests throughout the week for lively tennis talk and your chance to answer Bud’s question of the day for your chance to win a Bulova watch. (times and days subject to change) 

Corona Day – Friday, March 11  Come check out the new Corona Beach House located in the Garden Club Courtyard with expanded video wall and the Corona Plaza with additional seating and (3) screen video wall to watch (3) matches at the same time!

Tennis Village Entertainment presented by KJJZ 102.3 – Friday, March 11 - Friday, March 18, 5:00pm-7:00pm  The Tennis Village comes alive each evening with live music and entertainment presented by KJJZ, perfect for a rest between matches while enjoying a meal from our food village vendors.  KJJZ 102.3 is your smooth Jazz Station.  Start your weekday with THE BIG BREAKFEST "FITZ" In THE MORNING then smooth out your workday with the smoothest place on your dial KJJZ 102.3.

Trina Turk Trunk Show – Friday, March 11-10:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday, March 12-10:00am-7:00pm, Sunday, March 13 – 10:00am-5:00pm  Shop local fashion designer Trina Turk’s latest Spring collections during a hosted trunk show on-site located in the Garden Club Courtyard Hospitality.   Trina’s inspiration comes from the poolside and cocktail party lifestyle of the desert!   Did you know she opened her first boutique here in Palm Springs back in 2002?

Salute to Heroes – Friday, March 11, 6:30pm The BNP Paribas Open will host a special pre-match ceremony recognizing veterans, military personnel, police and firemen featuring the National 9/11 Flag, making its first appearance in California as it travels across America through the 10th anniversary of 9/11 along with Twentynine Palms Marine Corp Air Ground Combat Center Band and Color Guard.   All veterans and current military, police and fire personnel receive (2) complimentary tickets for the evening session.  Show proper ID at the south gate box office.

Emirates Day – Saturday, March 12 Saturday is Emirates Day!  So come and be sure to wear your Red Emirates cap to win the “Spot the Cap” promotion!  If you are spotted by Emirates cabin crew you could find yourself in the middle of Center Court, with the chance to win a luxury vacation to Dubai. The prize includes enough Emirates Skywards miles to redeem two roundtrip Business Class tickets to Dubai and 5-star accommodation, courtesy of Emirates Airline and Grand Hyatt, Dubai.

BNP Paribas Tennis Ball Recycle Booth  – Saturday, March 12- Sunday, March 13 & Saturday, March 19- Sunday, March 20, 10:00am – 2:00pm  BNP Paribas has partnered with reBounces and FedEx Ground and the first 1,000 patrons who bring (6) used tennis balls or more to east plaza boardwalk will receive (1) FREE can of Penn Tennis Balls.  Rebounces in keeping tennis balls in play and out of the landfills, while growing the game by making affordable practice balls available to everyone.

elizabeth & prince Trunk Show – Saturday, March 12 & Sunday, March 13 10:00am-7:00pm  elizabeth & prince is a resort, lifestyle boutique in Old Town La Quinta that specializes in current but classic clothing and accessories for women.  Stop by the Garden Club Courtyard Hospitality and view the latest fashions.

Desert Fashions by Fila – Saturday, March 12, 5:30pm  Garden Club Hospitality -  Come celebrate 100 years of the Fila brand!  Bring your girlfriends and enjoy the fun when Fila celebrates 100 years of fashion! Fila will debut a special Kim Clijster’s tennis collection, door prizes including their new Body Toning Apparel Collection.  Join Fila and local chic boutiques Trina Turk, Mares for Men and elizabeth & prince as professional ATP World Tour and WTA players join professional models down the runway player style.  Ticket price includes cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, gift bag, runway seating, evening box seat ticket and chances to win door prizes.  Call 800-999-1585 to order tickets or visit www.bnpparibasopen.com.

USTA Member Appreciation Day –Tuesday, March 15, 2:00pm – 3:30pm  Garden Club Hospitality - USTA members enjoy refreshments and visit with ATP World Tour and/or WTA players.  Hosted by the USTA.   Valid USTA membership card is required for entry.   USTA Discount Offer - A 30% discount on day session loge tickets, Wednesday, March 9 through Thursday, March 17 and evening session loge tickets, Thursday, March 9 through Friday, March 17.  USTA Members must purchase tickets at the box office with a valid USTA Membership card or fax a copy of their membership card along with their order form to the box office.  Limit six (6) discounted tickets per order.  Please note this offer does not apply to previously purchased tickets.

KPLM Night – Wednesday, March 16   Today’s best country radio station, Big 106 KPLM’s radio show host will introduce the players on stadium court during the evening session matches.

Wheelchair Tennis Exhibition – Thursday, March 17  Be sure to watch some of the top-ranked and paralympic wheelchair tennis players in action in an exhibition match on Stadium.  See the outstanding skills of these hard-working athletes as they compete in this increasingly popular brand of tennis. 

KJJZ Night – Thursday, March 17  Fitz the morning host on KJJZ 102.3 will introduce players on stadium court during the evening session matches.

Player Autograph Signings  Check the daily draw sheet on-site or in The Desert Sun newspaper, March 9-20 for a daily listing of player autograph signings on-side and at the Tennis Warehouse Shop.

BNP Paribas Open Tri-Level Championships – Thursday, March 17 - Sunday, March 20  Tri-Level Championships, a doubles competition representing 17 different United States Tennis Association (USTA) Sections from around the country, will be held over the final weekend of the BNP Paribas Open.  The members of the winning section will win a FILA product package, the official sportswear company of the BNP Paribas Open.

BNP Paribas Open Senior Cup – Monday, March 21 - Thursday, March 24  Join over 800 players in a Senior (50 years of age and over) and Super Senior (65 years of age and over)  Team Tennis Doubles Tournament.   Divisions include Senior men and women, 3.0 and under, 3.5 and under, 4.0 and under and 4.5 and under.  Super Senior men and women, 3.5 and under and 4.0 and under.  The event will be played at 11 different country clubs and resorts in the Coachella Valley with the finals being played at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden Thursday, March 24.

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